Tungamah had a tough weekend coming up against top of the table Barooga away, with the Hawks making a statement of intent with a 49-point win.
The game started with a tightly contested opening term with both sides trading blows and kicking three majors apiece.
The Hawks began to gain the ascendency in the second term, booting three goals and holding Tungamah to just one to open up a 14-point buffer at the main break.
The game was far from over though, with the underdog Tungamah still within touching distance.
In the second half however Barooga got the jump early and kicked a further eight while Tungamah could only answer back with three of its own.
The result of a dominant Hawks second half saw a 14.14 (98) to 7.7 (49) loss to the Bears.
Barooga 7.12 54 def Tungamah 7.2 44
A great start by the Reserves against 2nd placed Barooga saw Tungamah post the first 3 goals of the game including 2 to young gun Lach Elliott.
Barooga only managed 1 goal for the quarter and learnt early in the game that the Tungamah boys were capable of being competitive against the top teams in the league.
In a low scoring game, Barooga squandered their chances in the second quarter with inaccuracy at goal and managed only 1 goal.
Ade Connell was using his run and carry to help clear the ball out of the backline. Chris Johnston showed his versatility playing an important leadership role in the forward line and helped Tungamah hold onto a slim 14-point lead at the main break.
Barooga dominated the start of the third quarter with the ball in their forward 50 for the majority of the quarter.
Tungamah’s backline were brilliant, Brayden Beaton, Cal Giggins, Nic Gamble and Brandon Einsporn pressured the Barooga forwards into making mistakes and Barooga could not capitalise managing 2.3 for the quarter.
Tungamah made the most of their chances with 2 straight goals in the third including a great goal to young Jack Clarke.
Barooga scored the first goal in the last quarter and started to win the ball out of the centre. Tunga had held the lead all day but with only 5 minutes to go, Barooga were too strong, and managed 2 late goals to run out winners by 10 points.
Injuries have impacted the reserves and several thirds players stepped up to the task this week.
Jack Clarke, Jacob Vella, Brandon Einsporn and Blake Adkins were all great and put their young bodies on the line. Alan Richardson, Dan Whykes and newcomer Michael Tabain used the ball well with their many processions.
The average age of the team was bolstered with the inclusion of some more “experienced” players like Ryan Walker and Josh Buerckner whose contributions cannot to be underestimated. A 10-point losing margin against 2nd placed Barooga can be attributed to a great team effort.
Goal Kickers: L. Elliott 2, R. Walker, D. Whykes, C. Jones, C. Johnstone, J. Clarke
Best Players: A. Richardson, A. Connell, B. Beaton, M. Tabain, D. Whykes, B. Einsporn
Tungamah 5.6 36 def by Barooga 13.6 84
A tough day in the office for the young men. Will Sharp dominated on the ball all day, supported well by Brandon Einsporn down on the half back line, who repelled many opposition attacks. Youngsters Oscar Willis and Ben Griffin played well. Harley Sampson tried hard all day against much bigger opposition.
Tom Elliott showed class. In the end Tungamah went down by 8 goals. Awards: Wingates- Brandon Einsporn, Crusty Loaf - Will Sharp, Subway - Tom Elliott, Tungamah shop - Ben Griffin.
Goals: William Sharp 2, Jack Clarke 1, Jacob Vella 1, Fletcher Wallden 1.
Best: Brandon Einsporn, William Sharp, Thomas Elliott, Ben Griffin, Oscar Willis, Harley Sampson.
Barooga 5.3 33 def Tungamah 3.3 21
Goals: Tyler True 1, Liam Williams 1, Lachlan Phillips 1.
Best: Lucas Eales, Aaron Mills, Jackson Purtell, Paul Mills, Harvey Thomson, Thomas Costigan.